Rural Well-being: From Vision to Action : Proceedings of the Fourth Annual World Bank Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Development, Held at the World Bank and the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., September 25-27, 1996

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Ismail Serageldin, David R. Steeds
World Bank Publications, 1997 - Social Science - 433 pages
The Fourth Annual World Bank Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Development held in September 1996 focused on where the international development community should be heading to bring about rural development and achieve rural well-being. Four key issues for sustaining such a challenge were discussed: poverty reduction; widely shared growth; household, national, and global food security; and sustainable natural resource management. Thematic and regional roundtable discussions included targeting poverty reduction, investing in social capital, improving dryland management, conquering rural poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean, and accelerating rural growth in Africa.

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Page 135 - HAPPY the man, whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air, In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire ; Whose trees in summer yield him shade, In winter fire.
Page 135 - Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever He had a chosen people, whose breasts He has made His peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue.
Page 329 - So long as we do not discover or create a representative and democratic institution which will supply the ' local interest, supervision and care necessary to ensure that expenditure of money upon local objects conforms with the needs and wishes of the locality,' invest it with adequate power and assign to it appropriate finances, we will never be able to evoke local interest and excite local initiative in the field of development.
Page 329 - the State shall take steps to organize village panchayats and endow them with such powers and authority as may be necessary to enable them to function as units of self-government.
Page 328 - The village communities are little republics, having nearly everything they want within themselves, and almost independent of any foreign relations.
Page 331 - ... 17. Education, including primary and secondary schools. 18. Technical training and vocational education. 19. Adult and non-formal education. 20. Libraries. 21. Cultural activities. 22. Markets and fairs. 23. Health and sanitation, including hospitals, primary health centres and dispensaries. 24. Family welfare 25. Women and child development. 26. Social welfare, including welfare of the handicapped and mentally retarded. 27. Welfare of the weaker sections, and in particular, of the Scheduled...
Page 135 - Thus let me live, unseen, unknown. Thus unlamented let me die, Steal from the world, and not a stone Tell where I lie.
Page 8 - Most new lands brought under cultivation are marginal and ecologically fragile and cannot make up for the land being removed from cultivation each year because of urbanization and land degradation. The...

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